Fibonacci Pavilion

Interpreting Nature by Digital Tectonic_Shell Structure and Soft Material Research

“Interpreting Nature by Digital Tectonic” is a thesis research of mine at Tamkang University in 2014, which is series research about applying computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to practice digital tectonics. The study returns to the human scale for investigating the constructability of digital design.

This research combines CAD and CAM to investigate the process from digital design to fabrication. Inspired by the natural pattern, the notion of pavilion structure comes from the growth rule of Fibonacci numbers which appears in the arrangement of sunflower seeds. The Fibonacci series plays the leading role in structure arrangement. Through parametric design, the pattern of the interwoven formation becomes the structural system. 117 different units are generated from computational design of the quarter form and manufactured by laser cutter as planar components. 468 X-shaped units not only keep the structural capacity but reduce the self-weight of overall construction. The combination of both the Fibonacci structure system and the oval dome shell resulting in a very lightweight system. The entire structure, with a diameter of more than 8 and 6 meters, can be constructed using only 6 mm thin plywood and colored PETG sheets. Additionally, the shadow of the pavilion reflects the Fibonacci pattern as well.

year: Summer 2014
type: Digital Fabrication  / Material Research course: Thesis Design, Tamkang University
advisor: Chen-Cheng Chen
status: Completed
size: 860cm X 620cm X 250cm

location: Wulaokeng, Yilan, Taiwan

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